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135-153, Commercial Street, Tower Hamlets

Description: 135-153, Commercial Street

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 March 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 206508

OS Grid Reference: TQ3362281986
OS Grid Coordinates: 533622, 181986
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5210, -0.0754

Location: Commercial Street, Poplar, Greater London E1 6BT

Locality: Tower Hamlets
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: E1 6BT

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added:-

Commercial Street
TQ 3382 + 3381
8 + 14/6014 Nos. 135-153 (odd)


Artisans' flats, now shops and flats. 1863-4 by Henry Darbishire for the
Peabody Trust. Yellow brick with red brick dressings and stuccoed window
arches; gabled slate roof; brick stacks 4 storeys and attics; 23-window
range of 3:2:4:2:4:2:4:2 fenestration with shaped gables to slighty projecting
2-window bays. Channelled rustication, articulated by pilasters to moulded
dentilled cornice, to lower 2 storeys: mid C19 shop fronts with pilasters and
half-glazed doors to Nos. 135, 139, 141, 149, 151 and 153 and flat rusticated
brick arches over central doors flanked by keyed flat arches over 6-pane
sashes; similar first floor windows. Keyed and stuccoed segmental arches,
and ogee arches to gabled bays over 6-pane sashes to upper storeys; keyed
architraves to continous attic windows. Rounded angle to Folgate Street is
fronted by stack and has 3 tall windows set in rusticated semi-circular arches
flanking doorway set in keyed brick architrave with pilasters to dentilled
entablature. Similar elevation to Folgate Street, with pedimented entrance
and without shop fronts. Interior not inspected. The earliest building
erected for the Peabody Trust, and a significant example of mid-Victorian
philanthropic and artisan housing: the original design incorporated shops,
artisans' dwellings, laundries, drying areas and baths. (The Builder, 1863,
pp 547-8; 1864, p 67; J N Tarn, Five Per Cent Philanthropy, 1973, pp 44-6;
J E Connor and B I Critchley, Palaces for the Poor, 1984, pp 16-18.

Listing NGR: TQ3362281986

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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